The Most Effective Antidote for Productive Writing Ever?

You know, there are many things that can get in the way of committing serious time to writing – procrastination, the need to earn money, TV box-sets and good old-fashioned crippling self-doubt. But I recently learnt that one of the most common impediments to writing regularly is children.

I discovered this when a subscriber to my newsletter emailed me to say – please write an article about writing with children in the house. To be honest it’s not something I’ve given much thought to as I’m sans nipper.

But I was suitably moved by the heartfelt plea and figured the many writerly parents I know may have some insightful solutions – but no…

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The Benefits of Bouncing

Given what I do, it’s no surprise that I take more than a passing interest in the avalanche of writerly advice available online. And nestled in amongst all the apps, infographics, gimmicky utensils and blogs there’s occasionally some really useful advice.

But there’s something I hardly ever see – and that’s articles extolling the virtues of talking through your ideas with a buddy.
I understand why some people rear back in horror at the thought of sharing their ideas or exposing half formed pieces. But as you know from my musings on Writing Groups, I’m a big fan of seeking constructive feedback from a like-minded chum. It’s a no-brainer to have your completed work objectively assessed, edited and critiqued before you publish or send out into the world – but what about while you’re stuck in the thick of it?

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8 Ways New Screenwriters Undermine Their Screenplay

So you’ve nailed your kick-ass idea. You’ve spent long hours grinding out that first screenplay and you’re ready to send your baby into the world – or are you?

After reading hundreds of screenplays by new writers, I’ve seen a bunch of flaws that will almost certainly ensure your screenplay gets the thumbs down – even if the idea is fab.

Receiving the “great idea, badly executed” response won’t make the rejection any sweeter – so give your baby a better chance by ensuring you’re not guilty of these mistakes…

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